Fall 2020 housing
What to expect in the residence halls
We all share the responsibility of maintaining a healthy community in the residence halls. Multiple strategies and guidelines are being implemented in our residential communities to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus this fall.
Housing occupancy and room assignments
We have taken the following steps to reduce density on campus.
Traditional residence halls Accordion Closed
- All triples have been removed.
- Most students will live in double rooms (two occupants), with a number of singles located throughout the halls. Students who requested the option to buy out a double room as a single buyout will be placed in their new assignment throughout the summer based on space availability and initial date of housing application.
- New mutual roommate requests offered in early June will be assigned throughout the summer based on space availability and initial date of housing application.
Suites and apartments Accordion Closed
- Each suite or apartment will house up to four residents per unit based on the designed capacity of the unit.
- Freshmen will have an opportunity to be moved to suite-style residence halls to assist in reducing density in traditional halls. Reassignments will be based on space availability, initial date of housing application, date of priority enrollment, and receipt of the housing rent confirmation payment.
- Upper-division requests for single rooms will be based on space availability, initial date of housing application, and receipt of the housing rent confirmation payment.
- A number of apartments and suites will be held for isolation/quarantine space.
In the residence halls
The following measures are being implemented in the residence halls to support health and safety.
Cleaning Accordion Closed
- All student rooms and public spaces will be cleaned and disinfected prior to move-in.
- After move-in, custodial staff will clean and disinfect public spaces, community bathrooms, and high-touch areas daily.
- In addition, a student cleaning crew will be hired to provide additional evening and weekend cleaning with electrostatic sprayers.
- Residents will be responsible for cleaning their own rooms after move-in, so please pack cleaning/disinfecting supplies for personal use. Residents are also encouraged to wipe down any surfaces prior to using public spaces.
- Residents living in suites and apartments are responsible for cleaning the internal bathrooms in their living units. Cleaning frequency, assignments, and supplies are addressed in the online roommate agreement.
Community bathrooms in traditional halls Accordion Closed
- Arm pulls will be added to each exit door.
- Trash cans will be located next to each exit door.
- Lever-style sink handles and paper towel dispensers can be used without hands.
- Educational signage will remind residents to practice healthy habits.
Public spaces Accordion Closed
- Hand sanitizer dispensers will be added to all public spaces and near each exterior door.
- The number of students using public space at the same time will be posted and limited to support physical distancing.
- Kitchens will require students to check out a key to use.
- Students will be guided to always wipe down surfaces prior to use.
- Laundry rooms: Students should use LaundryView to check on the number of available machines and time left on machines prior to going to the laundry room.
- Educational signage will remind residents to practice healthy habits and follow established guidelines.
Residence hall front desks Accordion Closed
- Breath guards will be installed at each front desk.
- Physical distance markers will note where to wait when approaching the desk.
- Scanners and barcodes are used for check-ins, packages, and resources to avoid handling of student ID cards.
- Resources available for use such as vacuums will be cleaned between each use.
Student engagement Accordion Closed
- Providing opportunities for students to get to know each other and build community is one of our highest priorities.
- Virtual and adjusted in-person programs for students to interact and engage with one another safely and consistent with public health recommendations will be planned and facilitated by residence hall staff.
Resident guidelines and expectations
A room, suite, or apartment shared with roommate(s) is considered a “household unit” or “bubble,” and students within that unit are expected to practice public health guidelines to keep each other safe and healthy, just as they would when living in their home community. All other common areas of the residence hall, such as lounges, hallways, and elevators, are subject to the same guidelines for all other campus buildings. Residents will be responsible for complying with University policies and guidelines while in the residence halls including, but not limited to the following areas.
Face masks/coverings Accordion Closed
- You must wear a face mask/covering in all areas inside your residence hall, except when in your own room/living unit.
- You must wear a face mask/covering in outdoor areas in/near your residence hall (such as courtyards, quad areas, lawns) when appropriate physical distance cannot be maintained.
Physical distancing Accordion Closed
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people outside of your “household unit” or “bubble” at all times.
- Do not gather in groups of 10 or more.
- Avoid crowds.
- Eliminate contact with others—no handshakes or hugging.
- Avoid touching high-touch surfaces when possible, and wipe down surfaces prior to using.
- Avoid anyone who appears to be sick (coughing or sneezing).
- Keep right in stairwells and limit elevator use to two at a time.
Handwashing and hygiene Accordion Closed
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap/water is unavailable, use a hand sanitizer containing 60-80% alcohol to cover all surfaces of the hands and rub together until dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cough and sneeze into a tissue, throw the tissue into the trash and wash your hands immediately. If a tissue is not available, use the inside of your elbow.
Guest policy Accordion Closed
For the time frame of August 2020 – January 2021, the guest policy will be adjusted to the following:
- Only those students who reside in a specific residence hall will be allowed access to that hall. No visitor/guest will be allowed in residential housing for the term stated above.
- Students or staff who do not live in the building but are employed by the university may access the building(s) only during scheduled work hours.
- During scheduled move-in and move-out times:
- Students are permitted to have up to two guest move-in helpers to assist with handling their personal items.
- For everyone’s health and safety, helpers should be 18+ years of age. Please arrange child care in advance of move-in.
- All residents and guest helpers must wear masks/face coverings and adhere to University guidelines.
- Move-in appointments are scheduled for 60 minutes:
- Arrive to the short-term unloading zone.
- Check out a blue bin to move belongings. You will have the blue bin for 50 minutes to allow for cleaning in between use.
- Check into the residence hall and receive your NAU Care Kit, which includes two masks and other helpful items. Present your barcode at the residence hall front desk to receive your room key.
- Transport all belongings from your vehicle to your room and return the blue bin on time.
- Move your vehicle to your designated long-term parking.
- Guest move-in helpers may stay for a short time immediately after the move-in appointment to help unpack and set up the student’s room.
- Limit time in hallways and public areas to maintain physical distancing, and always wear a mask/face covering outside of the student’s room.
- Plan ahead with packing. Focus on the essentials and pack efficiently for a smooth move-in.
- Spend time with guests and family outside. Explore campus and take pictures while maintaining physical distance from others.
- If you do not already have it, pick up your JacksCard ID from your designated location after moving in.
- To maintain the staggered move-in process, guests are not permitted to return to the residence hall after move-in steps noted above.
Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe and healthy.
Timeline adjustments and/or other revisions to the guest policy will be made as deemed necessary by the Director of Residential Life.
Communication and reinforcement Accordion Closed
University policies, guidelines, and expectations will be communicated and reinforced through multiple avenues including, but not limited to:
- University housing contract signed through the housing portal
- Standards of Residence
- Email communications to residents and families
- Online roommate agreement completed after move-in
- Print and digital signage in the residence hall
- Residence halls staff communication
Education regarding University guidelines and expectations will be posted throughout the residence halls and campus. Failure to abide by any University directive may result in disciplinary action. All residents need to read and become familiar with all established policies and guidelines to understand their responsibilities for self and others in our residential communities.
Fall 2020 move-in Accordion Closed
To help reduce the number of people moving into residence halls at the same time, NAU has decided to stagger move-in over a longer period of time. Students will be emailed by July 29 with their new move-in window and link to select their specific move-in appointment in the housing portal. Most students will move in August 19-30. A limited number of students with a course requiring in-person attendance will move in August 14-16. Find all move-in details and dates here.
COVID-19 case response
While ideally all students, faculty, and staff would stay safe and well on campus this fall, we have established a protocol in the event a resident is exposed to or becomes ill with COVID-19.
What to expect Accordion Closed
- A resident showing symptoms or who is concerned about possible exposure should immediately limit interactions with others, stay home, not go to class, and contact Campus Health Services or their primary care provider.
- Should a resident test positive for COVID-19 or experience symptoms indicative of likely infection, our staff will coordinate with Campus Health Services and Coconino County Health and Human Services to provide support and guidance.
- Measures may include the student self-quarantining until test results are known and/or isolating during the period of their illness. Specific directions and support will be provided to the student.
- The University has held and will maintain a number of quarantine and isolation spaces should an on-campus resident need to temporarily relocate during a quarantine or isolation period.
- Exposure tracing will be utilized to identify other individuals who may have been exposed and guidance will be provide to those individuals.
- Additional steps will be taken to reduce risk of exposure to others, including thorough cleaning and disinfection of potential exposed areas and ongoing cleaning of all public areas.